Italian giants Inter Milan have appointed Stefano Pioli as manager in just four months following the sacking of Dutchman Frank de Boer last week.
Now under the control of Chinese owners, the Nerazzurri have endured a difficult start to the season. They are currently placed ninth in Serie A. And they are having a season to forget in the Europa League as they are last in their group.
The 51-year-old Piloi faces a difficult start to his reign. That’s the Milan derby against rivals AC Milan on 20 November.
The Italian has signed a contract until June 2018. He takes over from de Boer, who was sacked a week ago following a 1-0 defeat at Sampdoria, Inter’s fifth loss in 11 outings.
Pioli is vastly experienced, having previously coached an array of Italian clubs including Parma, Sassuolo, Bologna and Lazio. He led the latter to third place in Serie A in 2015, before being fired in the middle of last season.
Since de Boer’s departure youth team coach Stefano Vecchi has overseen a 2-1 Europa League loss at Southampton and a hard-fought win over tailenders Crotone in Serie A.
New Chinese owners Suning appointed de Boer as a replacement for Roberto Mancini two weeks before the start of the Serie A season, tasked with restoring Inter’s dented reputation at home and in Europe.
That burden now lies with Pioli, a former defender who played for various Italian teams, including Juventus and Fiorentina, before hanging up his boots and taking up football management.
Inter have not won the Italian title since Jose Mourinho guided them to the Scudetto in 2009-2010. It was the same season they won the Champions League.